The President has warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 before health officials control the epidemic. But Mr. Gates thinks that the number of people who have lost their lives due to the disease could be much lower.
But the billionaire philanthropist agreed that it was “very important that these figures be there” so that people would understand the gravity of the situation.
Last night, there were at least 312,245 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, including more than 8,500 deaths.
Worldwide, there are more than 1.2 million cases and at least 65,711 deaths.
Gates, who left Microsoft’s board of directors last month to focus on his philanthropic work, said COVID-19 cases should begin to stabilize later this month if people continue to practice social distancing safely and remain in quarantine.
He said: “This is a nightmare scenario because respiratory viruses transmitted between humans can develop exponentially.
“If we had continued to work and travel the way we were, this curve would never curve until the majority of people were infected, followed by a considerable number of people seeking hospital care and many deaths. “
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He told Fox News, “It’s hard to put money into something where you don’t know if it’s going to happen.
“I’m sure after that, which has such a huge impact, we will put that money at stake.”
Gates said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is contributing up to £ 81.5 million to the global response to COVID-19.